Countless figures from cultural institutes, municipalities and churches have been preparing for the anniversary of the Reformation since the beginning of the Luther Decade. While the jubilee year is now approaching its culmination and the whole country is celebrating with exhibitions, conferences, concerts and other cultural events, the state-operated office “Luther 2017” is already looking ahead to after the anniversary. Under the motto “500 plus X – thinking forward together”, the office invited representatives from the churches, municipalities, states, culture and tourism to the Thuringian state offices in Berlin on Tuesday (22.11). In the framework of the annual JOUR FIXE WITH LUTHER they considered the anniversary’s impulses and focused on its sustained impact beyond 2017.
Impact beyond 2017
Director of the state-operated office “Luther 2017” Astrid Mühlmann advocated the continuation of the supraregional cooperation and networks that have developed in preparation for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. “We simply have to maintain these cultural networks,” Mühlmann explained during the JOUR FIXE WITH LUTHER. She stressed that particularly the collaboration between various museums and foundations such as the National Special Exhibitions planned for next year or the exhibition on the Reformation currently running in the USA was something new. “We should transfer the structures we have developed to other subjects,” said Mühlmann.